Originally Posted by wild1
Which is our problem here.
The President decides the mission's objectives, which in this case are something other than winning as soon and as completely as possible.
Our no longer Declaring War officially has a lot to do with this. We don't, as other nations don't, because of our treaty with the UN and the subsequent UN Participation Act signed after becoming a member. This has a lot to do with our stalemated quasi "wars" such as Korean and Nam. Expect the same on Afghanistan. I'd throw Iraq in there as well, even if we didn't get the Security Council vote because the Resolution our Congress drew up was not a Declaration of War it was a UN-style call for military action to enforce the UN resolutions alleged to being violated by SH. ( but which weren't)
“The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.” ~ James Madison, Father of the Constitution
“We do not believe in aggressive or preventive war. Such war is the weapon of dictators, not of free democratic countries like the United States.”~ Truman, Sept 1, 1950